The Society for Classical Learning

is a professional society committed to promoting the cultural benefits of the classical, Christian traditions by providing leadership and support, opportunities for the exchange of ideas, and standards of excellence for educators and schools.

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The Journal

The SCL Journal is published three times a year and features a variety of leaders, educators, and supporters of classical education. Only SCL members receive the print edition of the Journal and electronic access to the current version of the Journal.

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Online Content

Browse through presentations from previous conferences, listen to or watch recordings of talks, and download handouts and presentation slides from the SCLs past gatherings.

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Annual Conference

Join us this year in Dallas, Texas at the InterContinental Hotel, Dallas. Our annual conference features a variety of speakers from both K-12 schools, colleges, and other organizations involved in the renewal of classical Christian education. We seek to make our conferences open and convivial, fostering conversation and new relationships.

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Networking

Network with other classical educators by attending a conference, browse available jobs in the career center, and keep in touch through the member directory available only to SCL members.

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SPEAKERS

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Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura, recently appointed Director of Fuller’s Brehm Center, is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. In 2014, the American Academy of Religion named Makoto Fujimura as its ’2014 Religion and the Arts’ award recipient. This award is presented annually to an artist, performer, critic, curator, or scholar who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the relations among the arts and the religions, both for the academy and for a broader public.

Fujimura’s work is represented by Artrue International and has been exhibited at galleries around the world, including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, and Vienna’s Belvedere Museum. He is one of the first artists to paint live on stage at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra.

A popular speaker, he has lectured at numerous conferences, universities and museums, including the Aspen Institute, Yale and Princeton Universities, Sato Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. Fujimura founded the International Arts Movement in 1992, a non-profit whose “Encounter” conferences have featured cultural catalysts such as Dr. Elaine ScarryDennis DonoghueBilly CollinsDana GioiaCalvin DeWitt and Miroslav Volf.

Fujimura’s second book, Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture, is a collection of essays bringing together people of all backgrounds in a conversation and meditation on culture, art, and humanity. In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible, Crossway Publishingcommissioned and published The Four Holy Gospels, featuring Fujimura’s illuminations of the sacred texts.

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Andy Crouch

Andy is the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, published in October 2013. His book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling was named one of the best books of 2008 by CT, Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership—as well as receiving a shout-out in Lecrae’s 2014 single “Non-Fiction.”

In December 2012 Andy became executive editor of Christianity Today. He was also executive producer of CT’s This Is Our City, a multi-year project featuring documentary video, reporting, and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities.

Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is also a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute. His writing has appeared in Time,The Wall Street Journal, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000.

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Louis Markos

Louis Markos holds a BA in English and History from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan.

He is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film.

Dr. Markos holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and lectures on Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance for HBU’s Honors College.

He is the author of eleven published books and two lecture series with the Teaching Company/Great Courses (The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis; Plato to Postmodernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author).

He has published over 120 articles and reviews in such journals as Christianity Today, Touchstone, Theology Today, Christian Research Journal, Mythlore, Christian Scholar’s Review, Saint Austin Review, American Arts Quarterly, and The City, and had his modern adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris, Euripides’ Helen, and Sophocles’ Electra performed off-Broadway.

He is a popular speaker in Houston, and has spoken on such topics as C. S. Lewis, apologetics, education, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and Dante in two dozen states and in British Columbia, Canada, Oxford, England, and Rome.

He is committed to the concept of the Professor as Public Educator and believes that knowledge must not be walled up in the Academy but must be disseminated to all who have ears to hear. He lives in Houston with his wife, Donna, his son, Alex, and his daughter, Stacey.

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George Sanker

George Sanker has served as Headmaster of The Covenant School since 2011. Working in education since 1996, George has served as principal of two charter schools in Washington, D.C. and Longmont, Colorado. He began his career in education in private Christian schools where he taught history and theology to middle and high school students. George graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Political Science. After college, he served his country as an officer at the Central Intelligence Agency where he specialized in data pertaining to Southeast Asia. He also received an M.A. in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary. George and his wife Jeannette have seven children.